Are you interested in our Doctorate of Education in Adult, Higher and Community Education program? Then it's time to apply. Admission to our graduate program means you need to meet the criteria and apply to both Ball State's Graduate School and the program itself.


Applications can be submitted at any time. Students can apply to the program by the following due dates. Please indicate the appropriate admission term on your application. These deadlines are subject to change.

  • for Fall admission – July 1
  • for Spring admission – November 1
  • for Summer admission – April 1

All materials must be received by both the graduate school and the department by the due date for the desired start semester. Late applications will only be reviewed for the following semester.

Apply to Graduate School

Applicants must apply online to the Graduate School and meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School.

Students may apply for admission to the doctoral program in Adult, Higher, and Community Education through an online application to the Graduate School that includes the following:

  • completed graduate application
  • letters from three academic and professional references (Names and email addresses are requested on the application form. We ask for reference letters in addition to the online form.)
  • one official copy of college/university transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score

Please note that the GRE examination must be completed before the time of application. Applications will not be reviewed before GRE scores are received by the Graduate School. The Ball State school code for the GRE is 1051. Please contact the Graduate School for more information.

Apply to Graduate School

For applications to the EdD in Adult and Community Education, please email inquires and documents to the concentration's program director, Dr. Michelle Glowacki-Dudka.

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Materials to Submit

The Advanced Graduate Studies Committee for Adult and Community Education, which determines admission to the program, considers the following documents as part of the admissions package:

  • a brief autobiography (500-1,000 words)
  • a statement of your philosophy of learning and education (500-1,000 words)
  • a description of the goals you intend to accomplish by earning a doctoral degree and your research interests (500-1,000 words)
  • current education and employment vitae

Applicants should demonstrate evidence of high levels of competence in written and oral expression in English. The autobiography and statement of philosophy of learning are typically evidence enough, but the faculty may ask you to submit a high quality, representative sample of your prior academic coursework.